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Accessibility Research Group

What is accessibility?


Accessibility is "the ease with which a person can reach and take part in, or use, an activity". However, traditional transport modeling defines accessibility as "the ease or difficulty or making trips to and from each zone in a transport matrix"

If a trip to or from an activity is inaccessible it should not be counted as a possible transport solution.

A design for a transport system that is inaccessible cannot be sustainable, as it excludes part of the population from its potential benefits. 

The design of the environment in which we live must be determined by the reduction of the carbon footprint, energy use and emissions, while it must satisfy the needs of both the present and future populations. We believe that accessibility must be framed by these constraints - accessibility that is unable to adapt to future needs or requires excessive use of non-renewable energy is not sufficient.

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